INTERVIEW: BRIAN BULGER
In a world teetering on the brink of collapse, where despair and uncertainty loom like never before, emerges a ray of hope in the form of Brian Bulger. His latest upbeat pop anthem, 'Dead Language' is a powerful testament to the absurdity of falling in love amidst a crumbling reality. It beautifully encapsulates the emotional exhaustion that accompanies the struggle to exist, juxtaposing the weariness of the world with the peace and restoration that love brings.
From the very first notes, 'Dead Language' exudes a sense of optimism that is both infectious and poignant. The song's upbeat melodies and catchy hooks weave a captivating tapestry, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the tale of commitment and unwavering support, even as the world seemingly unravels around us. 'Dead Language' is a shining gem within Brian's upcoming full-length album, promising to be an essential addition to any music lover's collection. As it finds its way into the hearts of listeners, the song's message becomes crystal clear - love, in all its forms, becomes a beacon of hope during the darkest of times. It's a reminder that even when confronted with inflation, chaos, and the imminent end of the world as we know it, love endures, strengthens, and binds us together. We sat down with Brian to learn more about 'Dead Language', his songwriting process and much, much more, exclusively for FLEX!
Hey Brian, welcome to FLEX! How are you doing?
I'm well! Thank you for having me. Who and what inspires you to create?
Storytelling is the driving force, and it takes many different forms. Most of the time, my music is inspired by something I'm processing emotionally. Or other times, I get fixated on a phrase or concept. For Dead Language, it came about from realising that people were still very much falling in love while it seemed like the world was falling apart. That concept stuck with me for a while before I came up with the line "when the ice caps melt, we can slow drain down the kitchen sink". How did you first uncover your love for music?
I was 12 years old when I started writing songs. They were quite silly at first but then I began to imitate artists I liked, and found that the joy of playing the music was stronger than just listening to it. Nothing really moves me like music does. How did you begin shaping your sound?
I used to think that I had to choose a genre or style and stick with it forever, and that kept me stuck for a while. Now I think of my sound as an ever-changing thing. I hope that people who follow my music are following the songwriting and the crazy ways it goes, and not just the particular style that one album or one song will have. I'm a songwriter before I'm a musician. We love “Dead Language"! What are you trying to portray from the track?
It really is a rare hopeful track from me. I hope it portrays the absurdity of love and how it perseveres even in chaos.
This is quite an emotional love song, what was the writing process like for this?
This first came about as a somber singer-songwriter ballad, but as we worked on it in the studio, we found that it had more life and spark in it as an upbeat pop song. I think it fits the message better. I wrote the lyrics mostly in one sitting, with the last verse/bridge being written in the studio after the instruments were already tracked. What are your future plans for the rest of this year?
Finishing and releasing the full album! I'm really excited to share with the world my third studio album. It's definitely my favourite and best work yet (everyone says that, but for real, it will be a noticeable jump). Plus, this will be the first album of mine that will be available on vinyl, which is very exciting. Approximate album ETA is October of this year. Big things ahead!
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